The Cruelty of the Color-Blind Theory of Race in Evangelical Churches


The Cruelty of the Color-Blind Theory of Race in Evangelical Churches


Williams discusses the color-blind theory of race. “The color-blind theory refers to racial neutrality. According to this view, the color of one’s skin does not matter because we live in a post-racial society—that is, a society that has moved beyond race. Further, the theory urges that humans need to look beyond skin color, because treating people equally and ignoring their race will lead to a more equal society.” Williams shows how this view goes against the Bible, denies the lived experiences of people who've been discriminated because of the color of their skin, and encourages Christians to stop saying that the color blind theory is true. He concludes:

When Christians deny they see black, brown, or white skin, they ignore the fact that many people have suffered much because of the color of their skin at the hands of some white people who identified with the Christian movement. And when Christians deny that skin color currently plays a role in determining one’s position and influence in the evangelical movement, they perpetuate the cruelty of racism in their churches, because they show their unwillingness to admit that racial identity often determines who has privilege and what privilege one has in the current evangelical movement and that one’s race often serves as a means of social marginalization.

Great progress has been made in evangelical churches. However, even greater racial progress in evangelical churches will be difficult if we continue to deny the obvious. Black, brown, white, and everyone else in between in the evangelical movement must acknowledge our differences, as well as the fictive racial construct that we’ve inherited, and we must pursue love, unity, and reconciliation in Christ through the Gospel in spite of what we think we see when we look at another person created in the image of God.


Jarvis Williams


The Aquila Report


March 8, 2016

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Jarvis Williams, “The Cruelty of the Color-Blind Theory of Race in Evangelical Churches,” Anti-Racism Digital Library, accessed March 2, 2021,